Friday, June 18, 2010

Why it's like this

This is one of our trees which is made up of four trunks from one root.

It is like this because in 1985 and again in 1995, Umbria suffered from a severe frost which killed off many thousands of olive trees from the ground upwards.

Olives are resistant to cold to a point but the weather was severe and many degrees below zero for days on end. Even olives cannot survive this.

The re-growth was allowed to grow to become anything from 2 to 3 to 4 trunks as we have here in our grove today.


  1. Thanks for sharing this. Really interesting. In fact, I've added it to my Top 10 over on

  2. Happened to us here in Arezzo 90% of out trees have four trunks

  3. Very good post, I enjoyed reading it, as well as my friends.